Thursday, February 16, 2017

Large Family Tip: How to Save Money on Clothing



When you have a large family you find ways to save money--especially on clothing! I am telling you, that five boys can go through clothes like there is no tomorrow.

First off, they have growth spurts just about every week.

Then when it's time to play, they can play HARD. Jeans get ripped, along with shirts, jackets, shoes, you name it.



So over the years we have practiced a few practical guidelines that we try to implement into our clothing decisions and they have really helped.

Here they are:

1. Pass it down. This helps a lot but I find that since our boys are harder on their clothes that we don't have as much to pass down as we did with the girls.

2. Repair it. I am so grateful my mother taught me how to sew when I was young because I have used my mending skills a thousand times over. I have even taught my children how so they can take over and my boys know how to as well. I know they teach boys in the military to mend, so it is a  good skill for them to know.



3. Be content. We try not to overbuy, especially for space reasons. But still, things can seem like a lot because there are so many children so we try to be careful to practice contentment with what we have.

4. . Use a Thrift Store or Consignment shop. This is a no brainer and there are tons of savings to be had. Often times I can find clothes that are brand new with the tags still on them. We especially like to go on days that they have big sales.


 Sometimes my local Once Upon a Child will have a bag sale where you pay just $10 or $20 for everything you can fit into a bag.

If you like to shop online, you might want to try ThredUP. They are an online thrift store that sells tons of clothing always at a reduced price and have tons of adorable kids clothing!



Lots of them are name brand too like Gymboree, Gap and more. Right now they are offering 90% off plus FREE shipping on items (read here for more details). They also have $4 sales and a Kid's Mall where everything is under $10.






5. Share your need.  Just letting people know what you are looking for can help. I have seen groups even on Facebook where moms are sharing their baby gear, clothing, etc. We would often get bags and bags of clothes given to us (from friends or family) especially when the girls were younger and it was a blessing to not have to go shopping for it and pay extra money.

6. Use online coupons and apps while out shopping. We like RetailMeNot, Groupon, Ebates (for online shopping) and just doing a quick Google search for site coupons. I have saved a ton of money this way and will not check out without checking my phone first. Also get alerts (via email or text) on sales and check flyers to your favorite stores or stores you will be visiting.



7. Repurpose.  If you are the sewing or DIY type then this might be up your alley. For little children this really helps. You can cut regular jeans into shorts, Or make a baby's dress from a big shirt. You can find lots of videos on Youtube to help with that and give you inspiration.




8. Think before you buy. Do you really need that item? Is it necessary? How many do I have at home? Can it wait until next payday? Thinking before buying helps you to not be impulsive and spend when it is unnecessary.



What tips do *you* have to save money on clothing?

We would love to hear them - please share in the comments below!














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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Wise Woman Linkup & Giveaway Winner!



A Wise Woman Builds Her Home is a place to be encouraged in your high and noble calling of role of wife and mother and daughter to the King and we want to encourage each and every single reader out there to build up strong Christian homes to the glory of God.

"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. " 

1 Thessalonians 5:11

We would love for you to link up with us! Come and share your posts on building up your home, homemaking, character, hospitality, femininity, family, tea, recipes, parenting, marriage, homeschooling, and whatever else you'd like to share that would encourage our community. Feel free to also share more than one post!

And a quick heads up--the winner for the NEWLY RELEASED Adorned book by Nancy Demoss Wolgemuth is Phyllis Sather! Congratulations and thanks for entering!


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Monday, February 13, 2017

10 Tips to Keep the Love in Your Marriage Strong from a Titus 2 Woman




Recently a Titus 2 woman shared some great tips on how to keep the love in your marriage. She even specified some tips on how to have a God-honoring marriage, so I thought I would share some of it with you since it is the day before Valentine's Day and we have our spouses on our mind!

Here they are:

1. Be sure to practice the "leaving and cleaving" mentioned in the Bible and make sure your home is a priority.

2. Study submission and ways to be respectful towards your husband. A book I recommend is The Excellent Wife. 



3. Pray with your spouse regularly (but don't become legalistic about it). Also pray for him and your marriage too!

4. Learn the best ways to communicate biblically with your husband and don't allow for conflicts to build. Don't let the little foxes spoil the vine. Know what things matter and what things don't. For example: If you husband leaves his socks on the floor, it is okay and you do not need to wage a full out war over it. Forgive him, serve him, and be thankful for him!

5.  Plan time with your spouse, whether it is special time alone or date nights out. If you can't get out just try to get some time having some one-on-one conversation with him alone.

6. Show each other physical affection by holding hands, arm wrapped around, etc. and make time for physical intimacy.

7. Share your day with one another, be interested in each other's world and know what they are going through (put him before the kids--yes, I know it is hard, but you can do it!)




8. Have goals as a couple on how to honor God in your marriage.

9. Have a Bible in different rooms in your home to remind your of how you both desire to follow God's Word in your marriage. Be sure to read it too!

10. Some couples like to work through a godly Christian book together (but some don't and that's okay too!).

BONUS TIP:

Don't compare--I can't emphasize this enough. Do not compare your husband to other husbands. Or your relationship with other relationships. God made you and your husband unique and your relationship will be too. Expectations while comparing to others can be a bad thing.  You probably wouldn't like it if you husband did that to you so be sure to protect your marriage with a controlled thought life.

I recently shared this quote on my Facebook page:

"Fill your mind with God's Word and you will have no room for Satan's lies."

This goes for your marriage too. Protect you, your husband, and your marriage by having control over what you are thinking. Satan would love to get a foothold in your marriage so don't open the door and let him in.

Deadbolt it and keep him out for good!





How do *you* keep the love in your marriage strong?










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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The Christian Family: Homemaking Book by JR Miller Just 99 Cents!



One of my top 3 highly recommended books of all time is now on sale for Kindle for just 99 cents!

The Christian Family: Home-Making is definitely a favorite for gaining a beautiful vision of what a Christian household could look like.



Here is a favorite quote from the book:

The woman who makes a sweet, beautiful home, filling it with love and prayer and purity, is doing something better than anything else her hands could find to do beneath the skies. A true mother is one of the holiest secrets of home happiness. God sends many beautiful things to this world, many noble gifts; but no blessing is richer than that which He bestows in a mother who has learned love's lessons well, and has realized something of the meaning of her sacred calling."


It is available for a limited time only.

You can get it HERE.

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Wise Woman Linkup!



A Wise Woman Builds Her Home is a place to be encouraged in your high and noble calling of role of wife and mother and daughter to the King and we want to encourage each and every single reader out there to build up strong Christian homes to the glory of God.

"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. " 

1 Thessalonians 5:11

We would love for you to link up with us! Come and share your posts on building up your home, homemaking, character, hospitality, femininity, family, tea, recipes, parenting, marriage, homeschooling, and whatever else you'd like to share that would encourage our community. Feel free to also share more than one post!

Don't forget to enter our fun giveaway to win the NEWLY RELEASED book, Adorned, by Nancy Leigh Demoss Wolgemuth!




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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

NEW RELEASE: Adorned Book and Giveaway!




Ladies--the NEW book by Nancy (Leigh Demoss) Wolgemuth, Adorned: Living Out the Beauty of the Gospel Together has just been released today! I have been so blessed by so many of her books and cannot recommend them enough. If you haven't had a chance to read some of her past books, they are a treasure trove of godly wisdom and I hope you are able to take the time to get your hands on some of them.

I really appreciate a godly woman who is not afraid to speak boldly the truth of God and yet do it in such a kind and loving way. She is such a great role model for all women!

We recently went through her husband's book here on the blog and I think we will go through this one too.

Here is a description of the book:

New from bestselling author Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth
Known for her wisdom, warmth, and knowledge of Scripture, Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth has encouraged millions through her books, radio programs, and conferences. Now she’s back with a legacy work on Titus 2 and its powerful vision for women:

Woman to woman. Older to younger. Day to day. Life to life.This is God’s beautiful plan.
The Titus 2 model of older women living out the gospel alongside younger women is vital for us all to thrive. It is mutually strengthening, glorifies God, and makes His truth believable to our world.
Imagine older women investing themselves in the lives of younger women, blessing whole families and churches. Imagine young wives, moms, and singles gaining wisdom and encouragement from women who’ve been there and have found God’s ways to be true and good. Imagine all women—from older women to young girls—living out His transforming gospel together, growing the entire body of Christ to be more beautiful.
This is Christian community as God designed it. Read this book and take your relationships to new depths, that your life might find its fullest meaning as you adorn the gospel of Christ.

Here is the official book video:



We will definitely be sharing more of this book here on the blog. You can find it HERE to read it along with us--- it is on sale (paperback and Kindle) too!


We are having a giveaway to win a book for free to bless one of our readers!

You can enter below:


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